The authorities of Ukraine have imposed 5.44 billion UAH ($ 210 million) of fines on more than 40 airlines from Russia, which carried out flights to the Crimea peninsula, which Kiev considers its territory. About it informs UNIAN with reference to the press service of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine.
“Violating companies are subject to financial sanctions for violations in the sphere of civil aviation in violation of the rules and procedures for using the airspace of Ukraine in the form of fines for each violation in the amount of 136 thousand UAH,” the department noted.
Kiev named the first Russian company fined for flights over the Crimea
The The State Aviation Service specified that the fines were imposed in accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. As reported in the press service, to date, several thousand fines have been imposed and for their collection the State Aviation Service applies to the Ukrainian courts. The Office stressed that the consideration of claims in the Ukrainian courts will later turn to international.
Among the companies that were fined – Aeroflot, VIM-Avia, Gazprom Avia, Red Wings, Russia, ALROSA, Ural Airlines, Yamal, UTair, Transaero “,” 224 air squad “,” Kogalymavia “” Falcon “,” Ak Bars Aero “and others.
In September 2017, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine ordered in relation to Russian airlines that violated the airspace of Ukraine (flights to the Crimea), more than 20 thousand fines totaling 5.98 billion rubles. (2.72 billion UAH). At the same time, the Ministry of Transport of Russia declared , that notices of fines from the Ukrainian side did not come.
First time in Ukraine fined Russian airlines for flights to Crimea in the summer of 2014. Then the fine was 106 million hryvnia (318 million rubles.). By November of the same year this amount grew up to $ 17 million, and among the fined airlines there were 18 carriers. In Gosaviasluzhbe declared , that in case of refusal to pay fines Ukraine will seek recovery through bailiffs.
After the Crimea joined Russia in March 2014, Ukraine closed the airspace over the peninsula, which in Kiev is considered an “occupied territory”. Thus, the flights of Russian airlines to the Crimea are considered illegal.